PHIA News Digest – Vol. 79

June 14, 2016

Pennsylvania’s gas tax highest in the U.S., so where is it going?

PDSITELOGO2The gas tax comes from Act 89, passed in 2013. The revenue is used for road and bridge projects, some administrative overhead, infrastructure maintenance, and Pennsylvania State Police.

The PSP funding is a sticking point. The rationale behind it is that troopers patrol the highways, but lawmakers are questioning whether there should be different sources for State Police funding. The gas tax revenue makes up a large portion of the PSP budget, and PennDOT would like to free up that funding for road improvements.

Local Officials Announce Availability Of Transportation Plans For Public Review And Comment

The Reading Area Transportation Study Coordinating Committee, the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for transportation in Berks County, is pleased to present the Draft FFY 2017 – 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan and Draft FFY 2017 – 2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and related documents for public review and comment.

State Transportation Innovation Council Hosts Eastern Regional Innovation day

The Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC), a collaboration of state, federal, local and transportation officials, today held their Eastern Regional Innovation Day today at the Berks Campus of Penn State University. The purpose of the innovation day was to promote the use of innovative solutions in the areas of construction, design, environment, facilities, intelligent transportation systems, maintenance, materials, project delivery, safety, structures and technology to PennDOT employees from its Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg and Philadelphia regions.

PA Public-Private Partnership Board Approves Commonwealth Fiber Optic Communication Project

Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) Board recently approved a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission project to install a fiber optic cable along the 550-mile Turnpike and extensions to provide communication capacity for the commission, state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and other commonwealth needs.

The board also approved the 2015-16 Annual Report from PennDOT’s P3 Office, which provides updates on active P3 projects and notes accolades received.


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